Alan Dillon

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Lee Keegan: “The injuries are clearing now so there are a lot of places up for grabs and we are looking forward to a big month of March.”

It has become one of the most reliable and exciting aspects of the Mayo game: Lee Keegan running a hard and clever line through scram(...)

Seamus O’Shea will have a big job in midfield to do for Mayo against Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Playing in your first All-Ireland can be suffocating. Your A Game cannot be as easily found as other days and you don’t know why. It’s a surreal exper(...)

The fitness of  Cillian O’Connor remains problematic for Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The presumption this week is that Ger Brennan and Cillian O’Connor are holed up somewhere watching Walter White’s Kafkaesque story unfurl on Netflix. (...)

There is pressure on every player ahead of the All-Ireland final but the likes of Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley and Aidan O’Shea of Mayo will feel it even more, having played so well this year. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Everybody’s on the hunt for tickets. We say each September that this is the worst year anyone can remember for tickets. And it is. Last year you had t(...)

 Aoibhinn Ní  Shúilleabháin is convinced Mayo will win All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Mayo senior footballers have brought only heartbreak to broadcaster Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. How could it be otherwise for a Mayo woman born in 1983(...)

Mayo’s Alan Freeman celebrates scoring their  goal from a penalty in the All-Ireland Senior Fotball Championship semi-final against Tyrone at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo 1-16 Tyrone 0-13: It took them a while to get motoring and then it was all one-way traffic, Mayo eventually easing their way back into a successi(...)

Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh and Frank McGlynn find Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea a real handful.

Whenever I thought about Mayo over the years, one of the things I would always have said about them is that they were confident and flash. When the wh(...)

Rampaging Mayo midfielder Aidan O’Shea bursts through the tackles of Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh and Frank McGlynn during the All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie

The All-Ireland football quarter-finals’ status as the preferred burial site of defending champions was consolidated yesterday, as a weary Donegal wer(...)

 Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates scoring his second goal. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mayo 4-17 Donegal 1-10: Jimmy’s not winning matches anymore. Beforehand, Mayo, poor old Mayo, the nearly county of modern Gaelic football, were being(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Neil McGee of Donegal are involved in a heated exchange during last year’s All-Ireland football final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Call it mind games, call it player welfare concern, either way next Sunday’s rerun of last year’s All-Ireland final between Donegal and Mayo was yeste(...)

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